Ricky Gervais’ U.K. show Derek will premiere on Netflix Sept. 12, EW has confirmed.
The controversial comedy stars Gervais as Derek, a nice man who appears to have a few issues. Unsurprisingly, the show has received a fair amount of criticism in the U.K. for the portrayal; U.S. fans will now be able to judge for themselves. All seven 30-minute episodes of the first season will be available to stream at 12:01 a.m. PT on Sept 12. An upcoming second season of the show has been ordered in the U.K., which will presumably also eventually find its way to Netflix in the U.S.
“A bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins, Derek centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home’s residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Working alongside Derek is Dougie, his landlord who is one of life’s unlucky individuals; Kev, a loveable train wreck; and Hannah, a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.”
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